Family names

Last night around 11:15 my cousin, Ash who is only 13 days older than me delivered their third child. A boy! She’s joined by two girls, Ava and Cora.   We are a tight knit group of cousins. Ashley was the first Parizek grandbaby, followed by my arrival 13 days later.

The story goes; mom was at Ashley’s two-week well baby check with them. The doctor tried to call my mom, couldn’t get ahold of her, got in touch with my Dad and the “healthy baby girl, come get her” was the message.  I kind of stole the thunder, and a lot of things. My parents had to use her car seat, and clothes and diapers for a few days until they could get their own for me. I came home to a huge party, oysters, signs, champagne.

My parents tried for many years to get pregnant, and it just wasn’t in the cards, and they got me!   Ash grew up 3 miles up the road. In the 4 mile stretch that was the former RR2; was Kirt’s farm (Ashley’s parents), my Dad’s place, and the Parizek farm – Grandma & Grandpa!   It wasn’t long after that the boys came. My brother Luke was born in May of 84, followed by Mitchell was born in January of 84 to Kirt and Debbie.

Mitchell passed away in August of 1986 of SIDS; it was sort of unheard of at the time.   Brent was born in November of 1988 after a reversed vasectomy.

A little backstory. The Parizek family is sort of small but sort of big!  The Parizek’s originated from Czechoslovakia; the now Czech Republic. My Great Great Grandpa Joe came from there to Iowa!

My Great Great Grandpa: Joseph Parizek

My Great Grandpa: Joseph Parizek

My Grandpa: Gilbert Joseph

My Dad: Stephen Joseph

My brother, the first born son: Lucas Joseph

My nephew, first born son of this set of grandkids: Treyden Joseph

As you can tell by the last name, we’re Czech! St. Joesph’s Day is a big celebration in the Czech world, so the name is very meaningful in our family, and it’s been passed down, and I love it!

Back to the story, Mitchell’s middle name is Tyler.

When Brent was born, he was Brent Mitchell.  When Ash was first pregnant, after Luke had his boy and used Joseph, Ash and I talked about names. She wanted to use Ava (after our grandma Eva) so I said I’m okay with that as long as I can have Eden, grandma Eva’s maiden name. We agreed.  We’ve always known Brent would name his first son Mitchell.

When Ashley announced her son’s name this morning; Nico Tyler, I lost it at my desk. I love how she used her baby brother’s middle name.

My family, though they may not be blood, I love them dearly, and I’m very proud of my heritage, even though… it might not really be mine. I love the strong names in our family, being passed down. I love how us four cousins easily agree on useage of names, and it’s not a fight.  And I cannot wait to go snuggle Nico this evening after work.


Family names

Scentsy Family Reunion Recap

In my last post; I mostly just touched on what my month was like; well the third week of the month was the best. And probably the highlight of my year, always. It has been for the last 4 years.

Scentsy Family Reunion; it’s our yearly convention. This year it was in Kansas City.  I had the week off, and intended on getting up at a decent time on Monday to drive down and be there by 1ish; after the lunch rush. Adam was going to come stay with me Sunday night, and I was almost all packed, but he sent a few texts and explained of something breaking at his parents place, and there was water, everywhere. It would be 8 before he got here, and he’d be asleep by 9 – he goes to work really early!

I decided I was going to carry my bags to my car and take off. Now a few things. I drive better in the evening because Geek Glare is a real thing, my glasses have prisms in them, and even with those ultra dorky snap on sunglasses things it’s just not as fun. I was loaded up by 7:30 I think and on the road. The second thing,  I can count on one-hand how many times I leave my house in yoga pants. Spoiler alert: I don’t do yoga, never have.  And I hide behind clothes, yoga pants are a bit too “showy” of my chunky chick status that I’m not comfy with me.  But I did anyways.

There was an accident on the interstate that had me stopped for about 30 minutes, but in that time I booked a shady hotel, like if I would have spent another $10-15 I would have been much happier.  I got to a small town about 20 mile from downtown and basically just went to sleep. I got up and decided to call the hotel I was staying at the rest of the week and see if I could check in early. I had planned on getting the heck out of this current room ASAP. They said anytime is fine. I was thinking 1 PM vs the 3 PM check in.  You better believe I bolted and headed there.

Then the week of awesome started.  I offered to pick up a few teammates from the airport; one was a girl I had not even met face-to-face and we spoke on Facebook maybe 5 times; but it was her first SFR, and I wanted to make her feel welcome, because we’re family, after all.   I have no problem talking – look how long this post is!

She and I got back, she got checked in, then we found this awesome market – Cosentino’s Market and it was amazing!  We parted ways after dinner, and I went back to the hotel. I met up with Jess L (also never met her face-to-face) and chat with her for a bit before picking up Meagan at the airport. Jess came with, so that was nice!

I wish I could put into words how you feel at Scentsy Family Reunion; but I’m not sure there are words adequate enough to describe it.   Love, Passion, Rejuvenation, Connection,  Desire.  Wait wait wait, head out of the gutter.  But for real. Love for the product, our owner and President, our home office team, our Scentsy Teams. Passion for the business, rejuvenation  for when you feel like maybe your business is taking a dip. Connecting with teammates who you only see once a year. Desire to make this business flourish, bigger and better than the past year.

I don’t think I was asleep earlier than 2:30 the whole week, and we were up and moving by 7:45 every day.  It’s just that #ScentsyLife

There was a point on Thursday afternoon where I hit a wall. Exhaustion and being overwhelmed. Not in a bad way, but so much info, so much stuff, I just was like “how am I going to do all this?”  I was glad that after it was over, I had a weekend of nothing at home.  But that slump was over quickly and Awards Night was upon us – this is the end of the convention. We find out about the new incentive trip, where SFR will be the next year, and who is named the highest honor – Shining Star!

The drive home, my mind just needed a break, so I put on an audiobook – I listed to one on the way down and one on the way home;  never have I done this before and enjoyed it.   I only have ever listened to The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up; and let me tell you, she needs to hire someone better to read her book.  Also, I’ve not yet found that spark of joy in regards to tidying up.

But this week [it’s already Thursday night, what!?] has been a whirlwind too.  Still on the SFR high you want to figure out how to earn the trip, and do this and that, and talk to your new teammates you connected with.

This week was like this: back to the j-o-b; which wasn’t bad! I kind of welcomed the normalcy of that chaos.

Monday – catch up

Tuesday – training on how to earn the incentive, followed by a 1:1 with my upline / mentors.

Wednesday – team training, recapping SFR; honestly I had this on but I kinda was mostly just there online in spirit; I got some things done in my office.

Tonight – all I’ve done is feed myself and pick up something at Staples.

I have not been in bed or asleep before midnight since being home. I think my body is still like but you were doing fine on 4 1/2 – 5 hours…

It’s 11pm now, and I’m shocked it’s almost the weekend. No plans until I have to bartend on Sunday. A last minute fill in, then I should be off the hook for that gig for a while, but I honestly don’t mind subbing here and there.

My plan for the weekend is sleep. Oh, and somehow my condo was dang near spotless when I left, and since coming home it basically looks like a tornado.  I’m single, no kids live here, only have myself to blame.  I had “planned in my planner”  no office time tonight and to relax, hah!

Tomorrow I’m not letting myself come in my office. I will clean the kitchen, cook something at home, watch whats on the DVR before cable is cancelled on Monday and maybe read? I dunno I might listen to that last book in the series, I enjoyed it. I’m not in the car TOO long but it’d be alright!

Okay…  I must go to bed. Congrats on reading this novel.


Scentsy Family Reunion Recap

And just like that, another month gone.

I’m not exactly sure where these last four weeks have gone, but it’s been almost a month since I last wrote. I am honestly looking through the planner so I can somewhat touch on the last month.

A recap of July:

  • Saw Bobby Bones on his comedy tour; and it was phenomenal. I laughed so much! I would see him again in a heart beat.
  • Over the 4th; I went to my Uncle Kirt’s at the farm on the 3rd [we started this tradition a few years ago] to do fireworks, then the 4th we go to Dad’s camper and have a cookout, and go on the boat.  It didn’t work out timing wise for me to go on the boat because Adam came to town and put my patio furniture together.
  • I was supposed to sling some wax at a vendor event; but there was some major miscommunication and things that did not fly with me / what I agreed to on the contract so I bowed out last minute. It worked out in my favor.
  • That weekend, we took my Grandma B to lunch for her birthday; and Mom had a bartender quit via a note after his shift ending at 2 am Sunday morning, so I filled in and bartended on Sunday.  It was nice to be back. I’m not going to be “on the schedule” but I will fill in a Sunday here or there.  July 30th is the next one.
  • The week of the 10th there was a 48 hour flash sale with Scentsy so I was pretty busy on my break and after work answering questions from customers.
  • The weekend of the 15th I got things all ready to head to Kansas City!
  • Adam was going to come Sunday night and stay with me, but they were fixing something emergent at his moms; so he wouldn’t even get here until 8; he’d be asleep by 9, so I decided to just hop in the car and head down to KC about 7:30. I drive much better in the evening, there wasn’t much traffic.
  • I got a cheap; sorta, okay, really not so great hotel, that if I would have drove 5 miles more and paid an extra $10 it would have been much better, but I just needed a place to sleep.
  • I woke up and was able to get checked in early to the hotel we’d be at for the week (9:30 am!)
  •  A full week of Scentsy Family Reunion [our yearly convention] including my first ever MLB game! It was hot, I’m used to the heat and humidity, but once it’s 95, it’s just miserable, no matter where you are from and HOW used to it you are.
  • I was bummed for it to be over, but on Thursday afternoon for about an hour I hit a wall and was ready to be done, then it was I already miss it!
  • I drove home Friday after getting Meagan to the airport, into a tornado warning – one had gone through Tuesday night.
  • My 2nd of 3 tomato plants did not weather the storms; we’ve had some brutal ones. I have one left.
  • Adjusting back to normal sleep times is tough. I was up until 3 am last night; because we mostly only slept 2:30-7:30 the whole week.
  • I went to WL and met up with a few of my team members to share the new Scentsy products,  scents, and information – more to come on this.
  • I’ve avoided a nap today, and have been yawning like crazy.  I think I’m actually going to crawl in bed. Here goes nothing!

I’ll leave you with a few pictures from this past month.

Chillin’ in a chair at the Coralville Res – at Dad’s camper!
amm patio furniture
Obviously; I’m supervising, while Adam does all the work. Look at that concentration.
KC Royals game at Kauffman Stadium 7/19  L to R: Amy, Meagan, me, Kristine! 
View from our seats – I’m not afraid of heights but many around us were struggling with this.
Top is the temperature on the weather app, bottom is the temperature in my car – this was with the AC on and car had been running for a good hour.  #miserablyhot #midwestsummers


And just like that, another month gone.